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Re: Castrating Piglets

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 11:56 am
by anmol77
I know most have it done earlier but can anyone see any drawbacks or problems with the six week mark?????

Re: Castrating Piglets

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 3:18 pm
by repatexpat
A follow-on question: if castrated late, does the circulating testosterone result in sexual differentiation and behavioural differences compared to earlier castration?

Re: Castrating Piglets

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 3:20 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
No, not if you are taking them to a vet and it is being done under sedation or a local anaesthetic is being used. It must be performed by a vet with some form of anaesthesia :) At this age you tend to find the testicles have descended further and so are easier to locate and remove :)

Re: Castrating Piglets

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 3:23 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
At this stage the levels of testosterone are usually very low and so you don't see any behavioural difference. Castrating at any age tends to reduce male behaviour/characteristics but certainly, in most kunekune, before 4 months will make little difference. Although some boars by that stage may be exhibiting boar like behaviour - there are always exceptions to the rule :lol: